Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Six Nations, Caledonia, Tyendinaga, Desoronto

Message from Tyendinaga Mohawks:

Do you support the rule of law?

Do you want another stand-off like Caledonia?

Canada must honour its treaties and return stolen land.

Peaceful resolution of the land claim in Tyendinaga (near Deseronto) is possible if Canadians ask all of their governments to follow the rule of law; honour their treaties, negotiate in good faith and return stolen land. Please see phone numbers and addresses at the bottom to contact local officials and voice your support for justice, that has long been denied.

The claim of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte is based upon the illegal disposition of some 827 acres [or 923 acres depending on whose counting] of land, known as the Culbertson Tract, in the years 1836 and 1837. The tract consists of land within the original Mohawk Tract granted to and reserved for the Six Nations by the Simcoe Deed, also known as Treaty No. 3 ½, in 1793. The basis of the claim is that no surrender of the Culbertson Tract was ever sought by the Crown nor given by the Six Nations, as required by the mandatory provisions of the Simcoe Deed. [Tyendinaga's Chiefs immediately registered their people's dissent but no formal legal process existed to pursue its return.] The [land] claim was submitted in 1995 and accepted for negotiation in 2003.

The Federal government has since tried for several years to get Tyendinaga to take a buy-out for the land. The people of Tyendinaga have repeatedly refused.

The town of Deseronto falls in the middle of the Culbertson claim. The Mayor of Deseronto said that the town's economic viability and survival depends on the development of Culbertson tract lands and began promoting the land for condos and townhouses late last year. Tyendinaga's Rotiskenhrakehte successfully stopped development of these lands and the developer publicly abandoned plans for a 30 million dollar project.

However, Thurlow Aggregates continues to operate a Gravel Quarry on Culbertson Tract lands. Despite the fact that Tyendinaga has requested its license be revoked given ongoing negotiations, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources continues to license the quarry for the removal of 150,000 tons of gravel annually. Federal negotiations are clearly in bad faith as they choose to ignore the 850 plus truckloads of Tyendinaga land that are removed every month. In January 2007, Tyendinaga's
Rotiskenhrakehte gave the quarry operator 60 days notice to stop selling off Mohawk land. The time for voluntary closure has lapsed and Tyendinaga has now assumed the burden of closing the gravel pit.

It is the Kingston office of the Ministry of Natural Resources that issues the permit to Thurlow Aggregates. Please call them asking that land acknowledged as having a justified claim against it should not be removed. The quarry’s permit should be removed until the land claim is settled.

MNR Kingston Area, Beechgrove Complex, 798 King St, W.,
tel: 613-531-5729 fax: 613-531-5730

dramsay.mpp@liberal.ola.org - Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Natural Resources

Please also contact Indian and Northern Affairs, requesting speedy and just resolution to this conflict.
Email: InfoPubs@ainc-inac.gc.ca Phone: (toll-free) 1-800-567-9604 Fax: 1-866-817-3977


and I would suggest cc the governor general: info@gg.ca


Blogger Ivano Stocco said...

Thanks for the information. I've been following this issue closely and agree the Canadian government needs to change its ways.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Bob Kismet said...

Why does it take 200 years to file a land claim?

Is it like in Caledonia where the process runs its course, the finding is in favor of the Canadian government, and then the claim just gets re-filed?

When should it be considered too late for new claims to be filed?

I'm asking because I genuinely want to know.

It just seems to me that people should get jobs and stop worrying who is taking what aggregate where.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is scraping to be done, I hope the Indians are scraped off soon. That would be far more productive than scraping topsoil off. It's good that the young thugs with pottymouth have an excuse not to have jobs for a while, but now they're starting to hurt people.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Chief Mountain Caribou said...

You want the land back?

Maybe give back all those glass beads or whatever was given in exhange for it then.

The beads alone could probably sell on ebay for more than the land is worth anyway.

First Nations people should learn to be thankful for the sweet ass deal they have.

Since the European settlers came over, things have gotten a lot better for First Nations people.

Now they can go to university for free. What was education like before the settlers? Couldn't have been too great with no written language.

Now natives can go to see a doctor that has all kinds of great healing power. Something like a ruptured appendix must have been fatal about 100% of the time before the settlers came over and started doing surgery here. A medicine man or a shaman or whatever must have been pretty entertaining flopping around in the dirt and tickling sick people with an eagle feather, but I doubt anyone got cured. Eagle feather tickling probably did not heal a single ruptured appendix.

I call on First Nations people to give thanks to the settlers and their descendants for education and health care.

If First Nations people don't want settlers taking gravel, then they should stop using the highways that the settlers build using said gravel. Stop using those very same highways that ambulances drive on carrying First Nations people to the hospital to get those pesky ruptured appendixes fixed.

What happens if one of the protestors sitting in the gravel pit protesting the removal of gravel has an appendix suddenly rupture?

I suggest tickling the lazy bastard with an eagle feather because obvioulsy he doesn't want to sell out his ideals and make use of a highway built with sacred gravel.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shocked and feel disgraced in my fellow WHITE MAN again after reading all the comments. It makes me feel horrible inside to share the same skin color with some of you. I wish some of you so called men, would voice your opinions in local bars in Kingston or where ever the heck you hide yourself, in what ever little town or rock your crawled out from to post your nasty uneducated words. Sacred gravel, land the settlers paved and medical hospitals built? WTF your a complete idiot thinking the white man are the settlers, the settlers are the ones who settled their butts on that land, forage the land, cultivated the land, use resources from the land only to build homes, sustain food and procreate and teach how to use the Land in Peace and Harmony always returning to the land what is taking from it. The first nations people, it's in their name you freaking moron, they were the first nation here, Give me your name and lets meet in Deseronto and hear how much you voice your opinion there, if you do happen to have a spine and want to meet, then I will gladly be beating your ass with my cane to help scalp the uneducated feeble mind you have off your shoulders and maybe let a little ray of sunshine in for once, maybe the sun beating on your cracked skull will show you what you and your ancestors, like mine, have done to the first nations people, we can never repay them in money, land, or any resource we think will make up for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. So to end this posting, I want to say I bet your mother is rolling in her grave right now, how do I know your mother is dead you ask? Because I know who you are Chief Mountain Caribou, so you better change your ways of thinking real freaking fast before it's too late and you to meet your maker.

11:16 AM  

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